SUNRISE, Fla., June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Amanda Palmer, the undisputed musical queen of social networking and fan engagement, is again leading the way in challenging traditional music business models by choosing Alliance Entertainment (www.aent.com) for the exclusive retail distribution in the U.S. of her Theatre Is Evil album, set for a September 11th release. Audiolife (www.audiolife.com), a division of Alliance, will additionally distribute other products (books, art, etc.) associated with the multidimensional album project. Called "one of music's most productive users of social media" (New York Times), singer, songwriter, piano-slayer and super-blogger Palmer funded the album from her 8 Ft Records label with nearly 25,000 album presales via Kickstarter, a crowdfunding site.
Said Mike Davis, President, Alliance Entertainment: "Amanda Palmer is a music and marketing visionary and we're thrilled that both Alliance Entertainment and Audiolife provide a distribution solution for her groundbreaking new release." Alliance will distribute Theatre Is Evil from Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra in both CD (including a 28-page booklet) and LP formats. Alliance is the largest wholesale distributor of home entertainment audio and video software in the U.S. (serving some 3,000 merchants, including Target, Best Buy, and Barnes and Noble, plus Internet retailers such as Amazon.com). Audiolife is the music industry's leading direct-to-fan fulfillment company, having worked with the likes of Paul McCartney, Rihanna, Eminem, Green Day, Trent Reznor, James Taylor, Trey Songz and Kid Rock.
Added Kevin Wortis of Girlie Action Media, Marketing & Management, who has been assisting Palmer: "Amanda is on the cutting edge of music and art and marketing. It was only natural that she would team with a distributor who also truly understands this new world that brings together artists and their fans like never before."
Alliance Entertainment offers an extensive product inventory (including CDs, DVDs, videos, video games and related merchandise), e-commerce fulfillment capabilities and innovative technology and support services for today's marketplace, including third party logistics services. Founded in 1990 in Coral Springs, Florida, Alliance Entertainment built its business as a one-stop and distribution source for music retailers. Its continually expanding array of products and services have won awards and accolades from Forbes, Yahoo! Internet Life, Microsoft, The Blues Foundation, and music industry trade groups Midem and The National Association of Recording Merchandisers. The complementary offerings of its two operating units – The Distribution & Fulfillment Services Group and the Information Services Group – deliver a full range of commerce solutions, from distribution and fulfillment to infrastructure, for brick-and-mortar and Web-based retailers.
SOURCE Alliance Entertainment